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Twice bitten
Hammond, Gerald, 1926-
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First U.S. edition.
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New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 1999.

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230 pages ; 22 cm
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Gerald Hammond adds another installment to his Cunningham series with this tale of a gun-dog trainer who stumbles upon a dog-switching scheme that eventually ends in a grisly death. Full of vividly drawn characters (including a dastardly dog breeder), wry wit, and plenty of behind-the-scenes lore for gun and dog lovers alike, Twice Bitten seals Hammond's reputation as a master of his genre.

Author Notes

Gerald Hammond was born in 1926. He was an architect for thirty years before retiring in 1982. He has written over thirty mystery novels and is the creator of John Cunningham, dog breeder in Scotland, and Keith Calder, gunsmith. He also writes under the pseudonyms Arthur Douglas and Dalby Holden.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Hammond's latest is a cracking good mystery that will appeal to dog lovers and outdoors persons. Retired Scottish army officer John Cunningham runs a successful business, breeding and training gun dogs with the help of his wife, Beth, and two young assistants, Daffy and Hannah. To John's chagrin, Hannah isn't focused on her work at the moment. She's too busy being dazzled by handsome Dougal Webb, an area newcomer who's employed as manager of a nearby farm. When Dougal's badly charred body is found at a local logging site, it's clear he's been murdered. Despite the local CID's warnings to John and Beth to leave the investigation to the professionals, the Cunninghams can't help but get involved. As they sift through the evidence, they find a web of blackmail, intrigue, greed, and murder. Hammond's low-key, macho-with-a-twist mysteries have been delighting fans for years, and this one won't change the pattern. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Filled with a satisfying blend of Scottish slang and dialects, as well as a wealth of dog-training and breeding information, this is another enjoyable tale from the ever-reliable Hammond (Bloodlines; Sting in the Tail; etc.). Dog breeder John Cunningham--and his family and staff at Three Oaks Kennels--face a crime that, if unsolved, could threaten their livelihood and their lives. When Dougal Webb, a young farm manager who was courting one of Cunningham's kennel maids, goes missing, he leaves behind evidence of some shady dealings. Since Webb had tried to blackmail Cunningham shortly before his disappearance, the breeder's entire household comes under suspicion. Meanwhile, another of Cunningham's kennel-maids is almost hit by a car, and an unidentified corpse turns up in the woods. Before the situation is set aright, the Cunninghams and the local police inspector must pick their way through a tangle of blackmail, chicanery, murder, fraud and old grievances that enmeshes the fates of characters high and low. Though the novel begins slowly, Cunningham provides an intelligent prism through which a parade of colorful, often villainous characters are refracted. From pompous landowner Sir Ian Bewlay of Marksmuir to ambitious political aspirant Timothy "Sanctimonious" Pratt, to the hardworking housemaid Mrs. Dundee, Hammond's characters ring true as brass, and his wry, subtle humor harmonizes all the doings nicely. (Dec.) FYI: Hammond also writes mysteries featuring Scottish gunsmith Keith Calder. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved